Class of 2014 - Master of Public Administration, Public Policy Concentration
Legislative Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator, U.S. House of Representatives
What is something interesting about your position?
I truly enjoy learning about issues facing Oklahomans and advising our office on policies that can make a difference.
What advice would you give to current students wanting to go into your field?
Put more effort on leaving with skills from the classes you take and less on making the perfect grade. Grades are important, but so is being equipped with the foundational tools and the problem-solving skills to do the work. In addition to your classwork, don't forget the supplemental necessities that set you up for success like authentic relationship building. My education gave me the foundation I need to do this work, but my experiences gave me the tools to navigate public service and issue advocacy. My mentors helped me to expand my perspectives, hone my soft skills, and connect with the right people and opportunities to help me grow. I also encourage students to be intentional with their time. Yes, make time for the internships, volunteer on a campaign for someone that you believe in, and meet people who do the work that you aspire to do. But don't stretch yourself thin because you can't do everything and do it well. Do what you love, do what pushes you, and do what moves you in the right direction. There isn't a set path to advocacy, government work, or other forms of public service. Find the journey that best fits your skills, talents and time.